Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Kathie Marie Spiss was born on April 30, 1943 in southern Minnesota to August and Pluma (Althous) Spiss. She passed away on January 30, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona
The family moved to Mandan, North Dakota when Kathie was 11 years on. She attended the University of Wyoming and moved to Tucson in 1966. The year following college graduation she served as a field secretary for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, after which she became a member of the original faculty of Sahuaro High School.
In 1973, she started an award ribbon business, RV Awards, which she owned and operated until her death. Orders were filled in Arizona and throughout the world once the internet became active. RV Awards supplied rosettes for the Equestrian competition at the Athens Olympics.
Her life-long love of nature and the outdoors began with the forests and waters in Minnesota and continued with her awe of the Sonoran Desert.
She is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors are her brother Steven Spiss, sister-in-law, Charlotte Spiss and neice Andrea (Scott) Pomerleau, as well as fantastic friends and cousins.
A memorial is being planned. In lieu of flowers, Kathie asked that donors make a donation to a favorite animal charity or do a simple act of good deed.
Arrangements entrusted to Desert Sunset Funeral Home.
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